Synopses & Reviews
The internet and related technologies have transformed society and have also created new opportunities for a wide variety of crimes which can be perpetrated upon an industrial scale. A variety of new frauds have emerged varying from those built upon sophisticated computing skills to those which simply impersonate legitimate websites, people and organisations.
The perpetrators of these frauds come from a wide variety of backgrounds, countries and types of criminal enterprises. Victims often do not know who targeted them and from where. The victims of frauds, despite their large number, have also been largely neglected by mainstream researchers of victims of crime, as well as the infra-structure created to support victims.
This book clearly sets out the scale and nature of the cyber-fraud threat, examining the different characteristics of victims of fraud, why they fall for it and the impact upon them. It explores the victim-blaming discourse, before moving on to examine the structures of support in place to assist victims, noting some of the interesting initiatives from around the world. It also discusses some of the emerging strategies to counter this problem. This book is essential reading for students and researchers engaged in cybercrime, victimology and international fraud.